Recipe courtesy of Yimara "Yia" Medina

Sofrito and Fish

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Sofrito is the foundation of Puerto Rican cuisine and the base for many of the island's most popular dishes. Making this all-purpose blend of peppers, herbs and aromatics is something most people learn from their abuela (grandma). The word sofrito in Spanish means to saute something, a reference to how the seasoning is used rather than how it is made. Here it serves as an easy sauce for seared snapper fillets.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the green bell pepper, onion, aji dulce, garlic, 1/2 cup of the cilantro and the recao in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season both sides of the snapper with salt and pepper. Add the snapper to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the snapper to a platter.
  3. Lower the heat to medium, add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and finish with the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Pour the sofrito over the snapper and enjoy.

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